MTS to Restart Services in Turkmenistan by End of the Month
Published on: 21st Aug 2012
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Russia's Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has confirmed that it will resume services in Turkmenistan at the of this month, after nearly two years after its network was closed down by the government.
The company recently signed a 5-year license with the government to settle a long running dispute. The Agreement stipulates that MTS will on a monthly basis pay to TurkmenTelecom 30% of its net profit derived from operations in Turkmenistan.
MTS began operations in Turkmenistan in 2005 but suspended its business in December 2010 when its five-year license expired and was not extended by the Turkmen Communications Ministry.
The decision left around half the population without mobile services, and promised upgrades to the much smaller state-owned network did not materialise.
MTS has taken out advertisements in the local press announcing its relaunch, but is also warning that the network infrastructure had deteriorated in the hiatus, and network quality may be poorer than before until repairs are completed.